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An Interview with Rad Brown, Director of The Last Weekend

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2016

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Your upcoming movie Last Weekend - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Last Weekend is about six youngsters, 3 guys, 3 girls, all friends, who for their own individual reasons embark together on a camping trip to the English West Country. They set off in an old VW microbus and head for the countryside. En route they stop for a break at a rural pub near the village of Gallowbrook. The locals seem friendly enough, even if a little odd.

There's an altercation in the pub with a few of the locals and the youngsters are back on the road, deciding to camp at Crow's Wood.

They relax at first, but the night brings a series of unnerving events that escalate to violence and terror from which there seems to be no escape.

 

What were your sources of inspiration when writing Last Weekend?

 

Initially the movie wasn't inspired. Someone asked me if I thought I could write a horror film. I rose to the challenge, but knew it had to be something we could shoot on a relatively low budget with the right mix of death, psychological fear and humour. I didn't want cheesy, but not too serious. Just something tongue in cheek. Nor did I want a throwaway film done on a whim. I wanted to have at least some shelf life, so hopefully have aimed right at the cult market with an iconic slasher.

I guess the influences that come across will be Halloween and Friday the 13th, that kind of thing.

 

Do talk about your movie's approach to horror (as in suspense vs sudden shocks, atmosphere vs all-out gore)?

 

There's violence and death, but I wouldn't say loads of gore. It relies I guess on the atmosphere, suspense and shocks.

However, I've started an early draft of Last Weekend 2 - Blood Sport, which we intend to be a real gore fest.

 

What can you tell us about Last Weekend's overall look and feel?

 

As for the overall look and feel of Last Weekend, I have to admit at this stage I haven't seen the final edit, but from what I have seen to date it's looking very promising and we're all happy so far.

 

You also appear in front of the camera in Last Weekend - so what can you tell us about your character, and about yourself as an actor?

 

Yes, I do appear in front of the camera in Last Weekend. Just in a couple of scenes. I play Bob, one of the odd local brothers who run the village pub. Not sure I can describe the character really, he's just Bob, one of the collectively odd village locals. His brother John is played by my own brother Adie J Brown.

You ask about myself as an actor. I love it! The buzz is like nothing else. I've always been a massive film and TV buff, but, wrongly, only stepped into the acting side about 9 years ago. Since then I've appeared in walk-on roles in TV shows, festival award winning shorts and a few feature films.

 

Do talk about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?

 

The whole cast & crew were an amazing bunch to work with and made my job as a director so easy. We ended up as more of a family. Some even stayed after their release because they loved the experience so much. The cast were chosen because they were deemed to be the perfect mix we needed and so passionate. What more do I need to add?

 

With Last Weekend being a mostly outdoors movie, what were the challenges there, and what can you tell us about your locations as such?

 

Yes, Last Weekend takes place mainly outdoors in a fictional place called Crow's Wood. We did anticipate having to deal with the odd plane flying over, but in the main we assumed we were the only ones that had booked the private woodland for the week. Imagine our shock when we arrived on the Friday to find that a troop of Scouts had also been booked in for an adventure weekend. It was tough and frustrating, but somehow we coped. We also secured a hostel on the site to house the cast and crew. We anticipated some ruffled feathers with everyone living together for a week, but it was actually great. Everyone bonded. We all became like a family and this transposed greatly into the production.

Our other main set was a rural pub about an hours travel away. A great find. Little to zero footfall on a weekday making shooting very easy. We even roped in the landlady's son to appear in the film. The three home scenes were all filmed in one single residential property before we left for the woods.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

I'm sure all concerned will agree that on the whole, the shoot went a lot smoother and was less stressful than any of us anticipated. I believe this was due to the personalities and professionalism of the combined cast and crew. I really mean that! We naturally encountered a few hitches, but literally everyone pulled together to find solutions. Everyone felt that this project was theirs combined and a piece of them. I love that passion! The overall atmosphere on set was just a massive buzz. No-one wanted to leave.

 

You are currently in the process of running a fundraiser for Last Weekend - so do talk about that one, and with the film already shot, what will the money go into?

 

Yes we are currently running a fundraiser on IndieGoGo. Not our first one, but this will be the last for this project. None thus far have reached their funding goal. We have tried many approaches, but to no avail. I think people are reluctant to contribute to crowdfunding platforms recently due to unscrupulous people launching campaigns, taking the money then the project never sees the light of day. Really screwed it up for those of us that are dedicated and sincere.

Luckily we have some backing from Beatriz Urzaiz [Beatriz Urzaiz interview - click here], an actress in LA and a local businessman, Wayne MacGowen. The funds raised to date will be nowhere near enough to recoup what I have personally put in financially or the time of the team, but we knew the risks and were determined to make this film. We should at least be able to cover the cost of certification and entry to as many festivals as possible.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/last-weekend-film--2#/

 

The $64-question of course, when and where will the film be released onto the general public?

 

This is a tough one. In an ideal world we would like to be able to release the movie on DVD and V.O.D. as soon as possible after edit, try and recoup some financial loss and move on to the next one. However, we feel we could still benefit from something that gives us more credibility and will hopefully drive eventual revenue, so general distribution will wait until we have completed the festivals. We will however be having at least two exclusive screenings locally. Again, we hope this will help generate good critique and interest.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Well we have a fair few of our own feature scripts of varying genres in various draft stages, so stay tuned for those. We are currently in early production stages of a short sci-fi drama titled Anomaly by Heather Thompson who also penned Fragments of an Ancient God & The Inbetween. We are also in talks with a local filmmaker about collaboration on a WW2 web series and two short horrors as well as talks on a crime feature by a writer in Sussex.

Corporate video is another thing we undertake, either as a contract or in return for investment or sponsorship via services.

 

What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I think I fell into it, but I guess it's always been in me. For as long as I can remember I've always written and family and friends always urged me to do something with it. That was back in the days before the internet or really the digital age in general. It was harder then and in hindsight I should have found the drive. I've always loved TV and movies, but having a family at an early age and being self employed for so long, I guess I always found excuses to put any artistic ambition on the backburner. About 9 years ago I found myself in a dead end, mind numbing job. I always need mental stimulation so along with my brother Adie I joined a theatre club and an agency that supplied SA's to TV and film. I made contacts, picked brains, observed and learned and honed my acting ability with walk-on roles and some main roles in student films and some indie features.

I then started writing again. This time scripts and with a team of equally enthusiastic and dedicated people we decided to start producing. The driving force is not money, although it's always welcome. The inspiration is to showcase the art. I call the buzz the Frankenstein effect. You have a concept, create it on the page then when you shoot you watch life breathed into the characters you have created. There's no feeling like it!

To your question regarding any formal training the answer is an honest no! As Tarantino said: "I didn't go to film school, I went to films!"

And I'm constantly learning, but as a writer I can visualise what I want on set.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Last Weekend?

 

Too much to mention here if you mean the stuff I've appeared in. You'd have to look up my IMDb. Own productions however are four shorts: NightFall, Dinner As Usual, Just Another Job & Sweets. We have obviously shot Last Weekend and currently working on Anomaly. We have also shot a corporate video for one of our backers and prepping to shoot one for another. A script that is ready to go pending finance is a British gangster thriller titled Narrow Line.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

Describing myself as a director is a tough one. I know what I want to see and as long as I get that I'm happy. I certainly don't stand around barking orders though. I guess I'm lucky to date that the role of director has been an easy one. Cast and crew have been so on top of their game that they pretty much need no direction. I rarely state that my decision is final either, but when it is, IT IS!

To be fair, it would be better to ask others how they thought of me as a director.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, Alfred Hitchcock. Those are the ones that spring immediately to mind, but I can be just as inspired by watching any random movie. For instance, I can watch something and think "Hey that's a great technique / shot / angle etc."

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Asking what my favourite movies are is a tough one. I'm a bit of a film fiend and love anything with a good story. If pushed I'd probably say Love, Honour & Obey, The Wid Geese, Face, Going Off Big Time, HardMen, Zulu, Gallipoli, Hostel, Eden Lake. Those are just off the top of my head, but I could carry on listing films.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

This is obviously my own personal opinion and taste before anyone decides I need lynching, but: The Blair Witch Project, Open Water, Shrooms and most things with zombies in them.

 

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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

We are always actively seeking investors and sponsors to help us get our projects out there and would love to chat to anyone about how we can collaborate and help each other.

Also, if you are a scriptwriter with a project you think we can help with feel free to contact us.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thanks for the interview.

 

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